Stories in the ‘Texas Conservation’ Category

Turtle Tuesday!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Events,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation

Giant jellyfish on the Texas Coast!

Yesterday, Houston Zoo staff participated in NOAA’s weekly beach survey, looking for injured or sick sea turtles on Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island and all the way to Surfside! This survey can take anywhere from 9-15 hours, but is vital in ensuring that any sea turtles on our local beaches are accounted for, and cared for […]

Removing Abandoned Traps & Saving Animals in the Wild!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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This past Saturday, a group of Houston Zoo staff and other community volunteers got together at Fort Anahuac Park for the annual Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) Abandoned Crab Trap Removal. As a first-timer myself, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect – except that we would get dirty – and, boy, did we get muddy! We […]

Sabinga’s Updates: Wildlife Protection Efforts Near the Ocean

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Guest Blogger Series,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo is excited to welcome a new intern who comes to us all the way from Kenya, in East Africa. Sabinga is in the United States participating in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). The Community College Initiative Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Northern Virginia Community […]

Discover What Makes the Houston Toad So Unique

Posted by in Amphibians,Animal Updates,Guest Blogger Series,Houston Toad,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo is excited to welcome a new intern who comes to us all the way from Kenya, in East Africa. Gilbert Sabinga is in the United States as participating in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). The Community College Initiative Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Northern […]

Keep an Eye Out For Cold Sea Turtles!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

Green sea turtles often wash onto our shores when the temperature drops drastically. Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 to report a sea turtle that you suspect is cold-stunned or injured!

When the temperature changes quickly in our typically hot and humid environment, humans aren’t the only ones who get chilly. Sea turtles often times become “cold stunned” during extreme temperature changes. They are accustomed to warmer water temperatures, and if a cold front comes in quickly and unexpectedly, they don’t have the time to move […]

Zoe the Zookeeper’s Adventure

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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This post is written by Houston Zoo Aquarist Amy Trang. If you have ever visited Kipp Aquarium here at the Houston Zoo, you may know we have a sea turtle in one of our main exhibits. But what you might not know is these sea turtles are being rehabilitated and will be released back into […]

Texas Sea Turtles Getting Checkups and Returning to the Wild!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Sargassum buildup on the Galveston beaches. Unfortunately, trash often washes in during sargassum events as well as wildlife!

This week was a busy one for sea turtles on our coast-and it’s been this way for pretty much the entire summer! On Monday, Houston Zoo staff assisted NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with their weekly beach survey. It was a fairly quiet day in the way of turtles on the beach, but we […]

Attwater’s prairie chicks are here!

Posted by in Animal Updates,Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Behind the Scenes,Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

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The Houston Zoo has already hatched 209 Attwater’s prairie chicks this Spring! All of these guys have made it through to the next stage of their lives and will stay with us here at the Zoo until they are ready for release as strong juveniles into the wild! Attwater’s prairie chickens are vanishing from the coastal […]

Springtime and Snakes

Posted by in Reptiles,Texas Conservation

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Hello, and welcome to spring.  With the warm weather, your odds of encountering a snake go way up, and Texas has lots of snakes.   From 7 foot rat snakes, to the diminutive earth snake, Harris County snakes are quite variable.  Most are harmless, but we do have a few venomous species.  On Saturday, May 31, […]

What Do You Call a Thousand Tadpoles?

Posted by in Animal Updates,Field Research,Houston Toad,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation

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Some people call a group of tadpoles a “knot,” while others call them a “cloud,” or a “school.”  We’ve been contemplating this same question here at the Houston toad program, wondering what to call the army (hey, that works!) of Houston toad tadpoles that will emerge from all of the eggs we have released into […]

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